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Watchet Boat Museum, Watchet

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2.9/5 based on 30 reviews on the web
Watchet Boat Museum is a small museum in Watchet, Somerset, England.It is housed in the 1862 Victorian architecture former railway goods shed of Watchet railway station, which is today located on the heritage West Somerset Railway.The exhibits include several types of boats found locally and associated artefacts, photographs and charts, plus nets and other items associated with their use. There are displays of maps, knotwork and boards showing the various uses of withy. There is also an example of a mudhorse which is a wooden sledge is propelled across the mudflats to collect fish from nets.The museum specialises in the shallow draft Flatner, a form of vessel once prevalent in the Bridgwater Bay and adjacent coastal areas. Flatners are small double-ended boats with no keel.Withy Boats and Turf Boats, which were between 16ft and 20ft long, were used on the Somerset Levels to carry peat and withies to market. They were built from elm boards or clinker and were pulled along the banks of the drainage ditches on the levels.River boats had a similar construction, but the bottom was curved to allow them to be launched down sloping muddy banks of rivers including the River Parrett, where they were used for Salmon fishing.
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  • If you get off the train this is right next door and worth a visit. Several boats built locally and a flavour of the Watchet marine history. Good for kids but only for a short visit! 
  • Only small, but packed with lots of interesting items, many discovered locally. Lots of information about the history of the area. Not for everybody but well worth a look if you are interested in hist...  read more »
  • It concentrates on small coastal river activities and the small boates used around the beaches and inland rivers of the levels. Well set out. Plenty for kids. Free. Ground floor (which is most) fine f...  read more »
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